Worship at the NIYC.
By Carl Stagner
In the Church of God, the summer months are known for conventions and camp meetings. A variety of retreats and conferences often take place in the spring and the fall. But as the chill of winter sets in across much of the country, few spiritual retreats and getaways are available. In the wake of the commonly exhausting Christmas season, in view of the blues caused by all the grays outside, and in response to cabin fever, perhaps winter is when retreat is most vital! Thankfully, the Church of God has an answer—the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC). Between Christmas and the end of the year, believers spanning generations and racial lines come together for an annual experience of worship, community, and renewal as the New Year dawns. Continue reading
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Tagged Christmas, convention. conference, Diana Swoope, generations, Kevin Earley, multicultural, multiethcnic, multigenerational, National Inspirational Youth Convention, New Year, New Year's, NIYC, NIYC 2018, oneness, race, racial unity, Reconciliation, retreat, student ministries, unity, VA, Virginia, Virginia Beach, winter, youth leaders, youth ministries, youth ministry
Photo: Former pastors join Steve Roby as they burn the church’s mortgage papers.
By Carl Stagner
On Sunday, May 17, a huge burden was lifted off Water’s Edge Church of God in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Witnessed by the gathered saints, Pastor Steve Roby, and two previous pastors, financial prison doors were opened to a future of flexible ministry freedom. Accompanied by shouts of praise and thunderous applause, the church’s mortgage went up in flames—literally. It was a trajectory-altering moment in the church’s history that deserved nothing less than a pull-out-all-the-stops celebration. The entire congregation celebrated with worship, ceremony, and a barbecue feast that followed. Though they ate well that afternoon, reaching such a noteworthy milestone was no piece of cake. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Northeast
Tagged celebration, financial freedom, Giving, Larry Messick, mortgage burning, Steve Roby, stewardship, Terry Rolen, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Water's Edge Church of God